Most men can count on one hand the number of times they’ve worn a tuxedo. And the number of men who own their own tuxedo is even more limited. It’s an outfit that screams ‘classic’ and makes any groom look like James Bond. On their wedding day grooms want to feel comfortable, self-confident and stylish. Today’s grooms have more fashion sense and are not afraid to show it.

Trends and styles vary, but most grooms go with the standard black jacket and pants and then choose a white or ivory vest and tie. Color choices span the rainbow, but most grooms stay true to traditional colors like black, white or neutrals like silver platinum or dark charcoal. Most of the time brides accompany their grooms to help make important color choices, early in the process.

There are so many different styles of tuxedos to choose from. When you go to make your selection, they’ll be able to help you find a style that best compliments your body type.

Here are a few guidelines for fitting all body types:

Tall and slender - You could probably wear any style, but thin men look best in double-breasted jackets. Shoulders should be padded a bit more than normal, and the trousers should be full with a higher rise.

Tall and husky - The shawl collar tux is the perfect choice. The jacket is usually single-breasted with one button and the trouser legs should be slightly wider if you have large or muscular thighs. Avoid thin bow ties; instead choose a tie that is in proportion with your face and neck.

Short and stocky - The shawl collar tux is a good choice -- single-breasted, with the button around the belt line to make your torso appear longer and leaner. Choose a jacket with a lot of shoulder padding and consider pleated trousers. Avoid wing-tip collars and very small ties if you have a large face or neck. If you are on the heavier side, consider a vest over the traditional cummerbund.

Short and thin - A single-breasted jacket with a low single button will lengthen the lines of your look. If you'd like to appear broader, a notched lapel is a good choice. Or create the same effect with a double-breasted jacket. The trousers should be pleated with reverse double pleats, and the trouser legs should break just above the shoes, angling slightly downward in back. Smaller bow ties are the best choice for your frame, as are vests with an elegant, understated pattern.

In addition to finding a tuxedo that fits your body type, there are several additional elements that create the tuxedo look.

There are three basic coat collars: the shawl, which wraps around in a solid line, the notched and the fancier peaked. Most grooms can easily decide whether they want tails. However, coats without tails now range from 32 to 45 inches long; the bottom falls right below the knee. Most grooms choose black for formal weddings and white for outdoor or informal weddings. A three-button, medium-length coat is a popular style. It's the answer to the popular zoot suit look, but more distinctive and formal.

The three-quarter-length and maxi-length jackets are on the cutting edge of wedding fashion for men. Grooms are also jazzing up the staid tuxedo with black shirts and black satin ties, matching vest and bow tie sets as well as adding hints of bold color to their ensemble.

A tuxedo jacket should fit snugly around the waist so that it can be buttoned without pulling the fabric tightly across the belly and/or chest. Across the shoulders, it should neither be too tight nor have the shoulder pads jutting out because it’s too big. The sleeves should come down over the wrists to the base knuckle of the thumbs.

The trousers should fit snugly around the waist. An ideal fit would allow the trousers to hold up without a belt when the waist is fastened and the fly is zipped. There should be enough room in the seat to allow for comfortable movement, such as bending over or sitting. The trouser leg should be just long enough for the rear of the bottom of the leg to cover the back of the shoe and to come to rest on the top of the heel of the shoe. The front of the trouser leg should fold down over the instep of the shoe.

Although tux shirts are available with button cuffs, French cuffs fastened with cufflinks are a common choice. Most tux shirts button down the front, but also offer special buttonholes below the neck for the insertion of shirt studs. They come in sets of four and should match your cufflinks. Cufflinks and studs are usually made of onyx or mother-of-pearl, surrounded by gold plate or silver.

For neckwear, a basic bowtie, a Windsor tie, a frilly ascot, simpler and smaller ascot-necktie and banded collars with no tie but a fancy button cover are all available. The Windsor tie is the most popular form of neckwear and is appropriate for formal or informal weddings. Some brides want fancier ascots and the ascot cravat is a good compromise for a groom who feels strangled in the heavy frills of an ascot.

Vests are available in a range of fabrics with different textures and monochromatic patterns. Backless and full-backed styles are available. Full-backed vests with a light satin back are in demand. They stay in place better than backless vests and they look nice when coats come off at the reception. Color coordinating the vest with the bridesmaids’ dresses is still popular. Be sure to take a swatch of the bridesmaid's dresses to ensure a good color match.

Snake skin, big buckles and black-and-white shoes are all trendy. There's even a special-order patent leather sandal. Anything but the basic shiny black tuxedo shoe is in style; you know, the one that reflects the church lights back in your eyes throughout the ceremony.

If tuxedos aren’t your style or don’t fit the wedding theme, there are various acceptable alternatives. A well-made dark suit in navy, charcoal or black with a white shirt and dark tie is a classic look and exudes confidence.

The time of year and time of day along with the location of the ceremony will dictate many of the fashion decisions. If your wedding is between Memorial Day and Labor Day, nothing is more elegant than a white dinner jacket.  If your wedding is scheduled for wintertime, a gray flannel, black watch plaid or a stunning black velvet dinner jacket are all viable alternatives.

For less formal weddings, the range of creativity is endless.  When choosing attire, consider the location of the wedding.  If it's a beach wedding, will it take place on the sand or nearby?  In either case, there are few more elegant looks than a blue blazer and khakis. If you want to go really casual, consider wearing navy trousers or even stone-colored khaki shorts with a white linen shirt or possibly an off-white linen suit. If it’s a more formal beach wedding, the groom can wear a traditional dinner jacket in white or ivory with black pants, which is the tropical equivalent of black tie. As long as your attire fits the occasion, you can't go wrong.

Whether you're choosing a tuxedo or a casual look, try to project yourself forty years into the future. If you've chosen simple, classic attire, your love won't be the only thing that's timeless.

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